Member of the French Senate Sophie Zhuasen commented on Azerbaijan’s decision to declare her, as well as Senators Philippe Marini and Bernard Fournier persona non grata for visiting Artsakh.
“We responded to Nagorno Karabakh authorities’ invitation and resolved to see what’s happening there in person. As far as we know, the territory is not closed and many parliamentary delegations had visited it before us. In our opinion, French Senate can also be part of it and witness developments there,” she told a press conference in Yerevan.
“We were happy to see Artsakh’s brave nation, which is committed to democratic values. Armenians have resided there for centuries and will do the utmost to ensure peace and harmony in the country,” the Senator said.
“As a democrat, I myself was excited to see the nation’s aspiration to become a bearer of democratic values,” she said.
Senator Marini, in turn, stressed the warm and friendly welcome they received in Artsakh, as well as interesting discussions with the President, Prime Minster, National Assembly speaker and head of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
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